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Crassula connata
pygmy weed

Distribution: Known in Washington only from San Juan County; British Columbia south to California, east to Arizona and Texas.

Habitat: Sandy areas, paths and roadsides.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


Annual, terrestrial herbs, the stems erect, red in age, simple or bushy-branching, 2-6 cm. tall.


Leaves opposite, sessile, ovate to oblong, 1-3 mm. long, acute or rounded.


Flowers usually 2 per node in the leaf axils, on pedicles 0.2-6 mm. long; sepals usually 4, lanceolate, 0.5-2 mm. long, pointed; petals as many as sepals, spreading, whitish, triangular, 0.6-1 mm. long; stamens as many as sepals.


Follicles ascending, ovoid, 1-2 seeded.

Accepted Name:
Crassula connata (Ruiz & Pav.) A. Berger
Publication: Nat. Pflanzenfam. ed. 2. 18a: 389. 1930. 1930.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Crassula connata (Ruiz & Pav.) A. Berger var. subsimplex (S. Watson) M. Bywater & Wickens [JPM2]
Crassula erecta (Hook. & Arn.) A. Berger
Tillaea connata Ruiz & Pav.
Tillaea erecta Hook. & Arn.
Tillaea leptosepala Benth.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Crassula connata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Crassula connata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Crassula connata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Crassula connata photos.

USDA Plants: Crassula connata information.

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